36 days in Finland Itinerary

36 days in Finland Itinerary

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36 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Nairobi
Fly:  16​h 15​min
1
Helsinki
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
2
Tampere
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Pori
— 2 nights
4
Turku
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
5
Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
6
Inari
— 2 nights
7
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
8
Oulu
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
9
Kuopio
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
10
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
11
Lappeenranta
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
12
Kotka
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  18​h 15​min
End: Nairobi

3
nights
Helsinki

Helsinki ©
Finland's largest and most populated metropolis, the maritime town of Helsinki boasts varied architecture, a lively cafe culture, and plethora of picturesque natural delights.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Market Square Kauppatori. Fortress of Suomenlinna and Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma will appeal to museum buffs. Next up on the itinerary: browse the eclectic array of goods at Hakaniemi Market, take in the spiritual surroundings of Rock Church, explore the wide array of goods at Stockmann's Department Store, and stroll through Aurinkolahti Beach.

For ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Helsinki itinerary planning tool .

Nairobi, Kenya to Helsinki is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Nairobi to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. In August, daily temperatures in Helsinki can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Shopping Beaches
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Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna

4
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Sarkanniemi Theme Park and Moomin Museum. Step off the beaten path and head to Vapriikin Museokeskus and Tallipihan Suklaapuoti. There's still lots to do: take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, look for gifts at Ideapark, see the interesting displays at Lenin Museum, and get engrossed in the history at Emil Aaltosen Museo.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Tampere online trip itinerary maker .

You can take a train from Helsinki to Tampere in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. August in Tampere sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Pori.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums Parks Theme Parks

Side Trip

Ideapark
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Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Tampere Art Museum ©
Tampere Art Museum
Mediamuseo Rupriikki ©
Mediamuseo Rupriikki

2
nights
Pori

Pori ©
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. On the 10th (Fri), examine the collection at Villa Mairea, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Herrainpaivat Beach, and then kick back and relax at Yyteri Beach. On the 11th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: buy something for everyone on your list at Kauppakeskus Puuvilla, stop by Ruokapuoti Lumo, then get to know the fascinating history of Old Rauma, and finally look for gifts at Patakirppis.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Pori tour planner.

Traveling by car from Tampere to Pori takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. August in Pori sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Pori

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Rauma, Villa Mairea
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Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach
Villa Mairea ©
Villa Mairea
Kauppakeskus Puuvilla ©
Kauppakeskus Puuvilla

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nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Bellevue Beach and Ispoinen Beach and Sauna. Appreciate the collections at Turku Castle and Louhisaari Manor. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum, browse the collection at Turku City Library, take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, and explore the galleries of Ett Hem Museum.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Turku trip tool .

Drive from Pori to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Turku are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Louhisaari Manor, Bellevue Beach, Kauppakeskus Mylly
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Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo ©
Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo
Forum Marinum Maritime Centre ©
Forum Marinum Maritime Centre
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle

2
nights
Mariehamn, Aland Island

Mariehamn ©
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. On the 16th (Thu), examine the collection at Aland Hunting & Fishing Museum, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Lilla holmen, then learn about all things military at Aland Maritime Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Museumship Pommern. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Fri): examine the collection at Kastelholm Castle, have fun and explore at Alands konstmuseum, then step off the mainland to explore Kobba Klintar, and finally test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Mariehamn tour itinerary site .

Traveling by flight from Turku to Mariehamn takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In August, daily temperatures in Mariehamn can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Inari.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Kastelholm Castle, Aland Hunting & Fishing Museum
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Aland Maritime Museum ©
Aland Maritime Museum
Museumship Pommern ©
Museumship Pommern
Kastelholm Castle ©
Kastelholm Castle

2
nights
Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Step off the beaten path and head to Siida and Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus. Change things up with a short trip to Gold Prospector Museum in Tankavaara (about 1h 30 min away).

For photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Inari online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Mariehamn to Inari takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Mariehamn in August: high temperatures in Inari hover around 19°C and lows are around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Inari

Museums Outdoors Shopping

Side Trip

Gold Prospector Museum
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Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Gold Prospector Museum ©
Gold Prospector Museum
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church

3
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Appreciate the collections at Lapland Forestry Museum and Arktikum. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Santa's House of Snowmobiles and Syvasenvaara Fell. When in Rovaniemi, make a side trip to see Tatuka Palvelut in Ylitornio, approximately 38 minutes away. There's still lots to do: stop by Kauppakeskus Sampokeskus, get engrossed in the history at Rovaniemi Local History Museum, get in on the family fun at SantaPark, and get lost in a book at Rovaniemi City Library.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Rovaniemi trip builder app .

Traveling by car from Inari to Rovaniemi takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in August, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Oulu.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums Theme Parks Nature

Side Trip

Tatuka Reindeerfarm
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Forestry Museum of Lapland ©
Forestry Museum of Lapland
Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Santa's House of Snowmobiles ©
Santa's House of Snowmobiles

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nights
Oulu

Oulu ©
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): hunt for treasures at Kauppahalli, view the masterpieces at Pohjoisen Valokuvakeskus, then examine the collection at Pohjois-Pohjanmaan museo, then admire the landmark architecture of Oulu Cathedral, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Hupisaaret Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Sat): kick back and relax at Nallikari Beach, then admire the masterpieces at Oulun Taidemuseo, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ainolan Puisto, and finally pause for some photo ops at Toripolliisi.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Oulu itinerary builder app .

You can take a train from Rovaniemi to Oulu in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In August in Oulu, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can drive to Kuopio.

Things to do in Oulu

Parks Museums Beaches
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Nallikari Beach ©
Nallikari Beach
Pohjois-Pohjanmaan museo ©
Pohjois-Pohjanmaan museo
Oulun Taidemuseo ©
Oulun Taidemuseo

3
nights
Kuopio

Kuopio ©
Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. Shop till you drop at Matkus Shopping Center and Pikku Pietarin Torikuja. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Old Mine Mining Museum and Puijo Tower. Step out of Kuopio to go to Tahkovuori and see Tahko Farmi, which is approximately 56 minutes away. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at RIISA - Orthodox Church Museum of Finland, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, immerse yourself in nature at Snellman Park, and take in the waterfront at Kuopio Harbor.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Kuopio online trip maker .

Traveling by car from Oulu to Kuopio takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Kuopio

Museums Shopping Fun & Games

Side Trips

Tahko Farmi, Old Mine Mining Museum
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Old Mine Mining Museum ©
Old Mine Mining Museum
Kulttuurihistoriallinen Museo ©
Kulttuurihistoriallinen Museo

1
night
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): look for gifts at Taito Shop Savonlinna, indulge your taste buds at Savonlinna Market Square, see the interesting displays at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, then explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, and finally examine the collection at Savonlinna Provincial Museum.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Savonlinna trip planner .

Drive from Kuopio to Savonlinna in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum
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Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum ©
Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum
Savonlinna Provincial Museum ©
Savonlinna Provincial Museum
Taito Shop Savonlinna ©
Taito Shop Savonlinna

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nights
Lappeenranta

Lappeenranta ©
On the shores of the country's largest lake system, Lappeenrata serves as the economic and cultural center of southeast Finland.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Imatra Waterfall and Lammassaari Island. Appreciate the collections at Lappeenranta Fortress and Lappeenrannan taidemuseo. Get out of town with these interesting Lappeenranta side-trips: Lempukka Beach (in Imatra) and Art Centre Salmela (in Mantyharju). There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Saimaa Canal, take an in-depth tour of Wolkoff House Museum, browse the different shops at IsoKristiina, and make a trip to Sandcastle Lappeenranta.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Lappeenranta trip itinerary builder site .

You can drive from Savonlinna to Lappeenranta in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Lappeenranta are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Kotka.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Imatra, Art Centre Salmela
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Imatra Waterfall ©
Imatra Waterfall
Lappeenranta Fortress ©
Lappeenranta Fortress
Art Centre Salmela ©
Art Centre Salmela

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Kotka

Kotka ©
Kotka is a city and municipality of Finland.Kotka is located on the coast of the Gulf of Finland at the mouth of Kymi River and it is part of the Kymenlaakso region in southern Finland. Visit Santalahti Nature Trail and Lehman for some beach relaxation. Step off the beaten path and head to Salpa Line Museum and Maritime Centre Vellamo. Venture out of the city with trips to Bunker Museum (in Virolahti) and Stromforsin ruukki (in Ruotsinpyhtaa). There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Linden Esplanade, admire the natural beauty at Fuksinpuisto Park, and steep yourself in history at Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Kotka online sightseeing planner .

You can drive from Lappeenranta to Kotka in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. September in Kotka sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kotka

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Bunker Museum, Stromforsin ruukki, Salpa Line Museum
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Salpa Line Museum ©
Salpa Line Museum
Maritime Centre Vellamo ©
Maritime Centre Vellamo
Bunker Museum ©
Bunker Museum

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